Wellness is a frosted cupcake.   This post by Derek Mansker of No Throw Aways, gives an excellent answer to my questions in a recent post The same or different?   I asked if all sin is the same, gave 8 reasons why it is, and then one way in which physical consquences might be different.  Then we come to the however.

Derek brings up a great point about the term wellness and what it really means.  Derek’s post points out that we don’t find spiritual wellness by comparing ourselves to others or even by keeping a list of dos and don’ts.

Sin is . . .

Sin is ultimately against God.

Sin separates us from God.

Sin, whether in the physical realm or in the mind, carries with it the same consequence:  Spiritual death or separation from God for eternity.

Sin does not make you ‘well’ or ‘not well’; it is a symptom of your sin nature.

Spiritual Wellness:

IS NOT:  an attempt to live a perfect, sinless life.

IS NOT:  an attempt at living better (following more rules) than someone else.

IS NOT:  attempting to commit less sin than someone else.

IS NOT:  logging up brownie points by going to church, reading the Bible, etc.

Spiritual Wellness:

IS:   “something that we are given as a gift in Christ.”  Derek Mansker

IS:   “not of our own creation, but by our relationship with Jesus Christ.”  Derek Mansker

and best of all:

IS: “…experiencing that freedom.” (that lets sin know it is not the boss anymore.

This is a difficult concept, even for those who have been in the faith for a long time. All of us, at times, slip into that mode of trying to earn our salvation by doing or not doing something. However, as Derek points out: “the penalty that was due to you because of that sin is gone and you are able to walk and live in freedom that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ.”

 

The standard is not others.

The standard is God (Jesus Christ).

We are sinners who do not (cannot) meet that standard.

Jesus met that standard for us.

He offers us the free gift of His salvation.

This gift is so much more than just a ticket to heaven.

It is freedom from the power of sin.

It is freedom to Christ’s righteousness.

It is freedom to everything Christ has.

It is grace.

“Wellness in Christ is not something we do, it is something we have obtained because of His work…..it is about understanding the grace of God in our daily life and living within it.”   –Derek Mansker

I hope you will hit the link above and drop over to read Derek’s article.  Tell him Angie sent you.  You will find some excellent wisdom there.

God’s  Riches  AChrist’s   Expense.” –Unknown

 

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